The School of Nursing in the College of Health at Clayton State University will host its final Faculty Scholar for the 2013/14 academic year next week.
This spring’s Faculty Scholar is Barbara Nichols, president and CEO of Barbara Nichols Consulting and the former CEO of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International), prior to her June 2011 retirement. She will be making presentations in the Harry S. Downs Center on Thursday, Apr. 3 and Friday, Apr. 4.
The Spring 2014 School of Nursing Faculty Scholar program will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Apr. 3, with a reception, followed by Nichols’ presentation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on "The Dynamics of Leadership: A Personal Perspective,” wherein she will discuss personal leadership experiences, lessons learned and skills and knowledge needed for success. On Friday, Nichols will talk on "Global Nursing: Leadership Beyond Boundaries,” discussing global leadership trends and issues impacting nursing, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Both presentations are free and open to the public. To register, go to: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_babltpkk3tYCddb. Onsite Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the program starting. This event is funded by HRSA Grant #DO9HP22614.
Nichols’ international work has involved working with ministries of health, education and regulatory authorities in Africa, Australia, China, Europe, India, the Middle East the Caribbean and the United States. It has also included consultation with national and international governmental agencies, foundations, colleges, universities, schools of nursing and professional associations regarding health workforce trends and issues, educational policy, enhancing workforce diversity, the development of professional practice standards, and advocacy for ethnic minority inclusion in all aspects of professional nursing and the delivery of health care.
Her administrative work in the United States has included leading a state regulatory agency that licensed 59 occupations and professions, working with U.S. Boards of Nursing, the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Citizens Immigration Service, and the U.S. Departments of State and Labor to initiate regulatory policy that included assessment of credentials of health professionals globally.
Nichols is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including five honorary doctorates for her scholarly work, fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing and a recipient of the Academy’s esteemed Living Legend Award, the highest award given by the Academy for sustained contributions, for a period of 20 or more years, to the nursing profession nationally and internationally. She also holds the distinction of being the first African-American nurse to be president of the American and Wisconsin Nurses Associations in their 100-year histories. Additionally, she has authored more than 500 publications on nursing and health care
She is a graduate of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing (Diploma), Case-Western Reserve University (B.S.N.), University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S.) and the U.S. Naval Officers School Command (Certificate).